Two men arrested after drug deal 'disagreement'

Gary Akeem Campbell

Two men were arrested Thursday after one drew a pistol during a “disagreement” over a drug deal in West Ashley, they told the police.

Gary Akeem Campbell, 21, of Argonne Street, and Michael Andrew Gibson, 37, of Two Oaks Drive each face a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

The Charleston Police Department responded to 1690 Savannah Highway after a caller told dispatchers about a person with a gun, according to an incident report. Officers saw Campbell and Gibson fighting near two parked cars outside the Five Guys Burgers & Fries restaurant.

Inside one of the cars, the officers found a handgun magazine and 1 gram of crack cocaine, they wrote in the report. In a subsequent search, they found the gun, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, inside a plastic bag stashed behind the eatery.

“Both offenders explained that they were in an altercation due to their disagreement over the transaction of drugs,” the report said.

Campbell has a history of arrests on drugs offenses, including one last week when he faced a charge of possessing marijuana, according to Charleston County court records.

Gibson was arrested on a crack possession charge in 1996, but the count was dropped when an investigation determined that the drugs didn’t belong to him, according to court records.